We are very excited to have 2 consignments for the Heartland Highland Cattle Spring Auction on April 28, 2018 held in Lebanon,MO., at 2:00 pm. If you have any questions about these heifers feel free to contact me : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breeder of the 2010 National Grand Champion Bull- Skye High Koal
Strong and healthy bloodlines make for hardy animals
Our Highland Cattle thrive in grassfed programs
With sweet and tame personalities, our cattle are a breeze to handle
Hello! I’m Sue Dyke. Welcome to Almosta Farm online. My husband, Steve and I live in the beautiful state of Nebraska. I raise and show Highland Cattle and absolutely love it.
Of course the star of our herd is Skye High Koal himself. But every single one of our bulls contributes his powerful DNA to our thriving herd. Come meet our gentlemen!
We hit the show circuit every season, and love doing it! See the excellent results our “Almosta Gang” of Highland Cattle earned in all their classes!
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As I am sitting at my desk catching up on things, I see we are already in the 3rd month in 2018! I am still trying to figure out where 2017 went. Last year was met with many challenges making me stop to ask myself where did the time go. The hardest challenges were making decisions with 4 of my senior cows. These girls were such great teachers, never had a bad day and gave me awesome babies. I am forever grateful to them.
With the 2017 calving season over, the cows were in with the bulls, it was time to hit the road. Having traveling partners, makes the miles more enjoyable and the time go by faster. Each year that I work with Juniors and their families just gets better and better. I try to share what I have learned through the years, but I also find that I learn a lot from them. 2017 ended with many great memories and ready for the New Year.
Please look through the website to see what a great 2017 Almosta Farm had and check us out on Facebook.
Our 2018 calving season will start in a few days, expecting 7 purebred calves and 4 crossbred calves.
Always remember that the you are always welcome to walk the pastures and if you are tired, you can rest in our guest house; Almosta Home. Please give a quick call, to make sure we are home.
With months of planning to attend the National Western held in January it quickly comes and goes. The truck, trailer and equipment are washed and put away.
It is so much work with long days and short nights, but when you work with fellow “Cow Friends” it creates memories that last the following year and beyond. It’s all about promoting the animals, the farm and educating the public about this great breed. This year we had a display of 4 Highland cross bred animals hoping that it would spark conversations and boy, it sure did.
With the New Year off to a great start, we are looking forward to the calving season starting in early March. We are expecting 8 purebred and 4 cross bred calves so Stay tuned.
With the New Year here, it seems we take time to reflect on the past year. It seems as time goes by and a person works with animals, you are going to come across some challenges. This year was it for Almosta Farm. One of the first things I mention to first time breeders is ‘make sure you have made contact with a vet in your area that is willing to work with you.’ I did that when I bought my first Highland heifer in 2002 and he not only has always been there but has also had the patience and willingness to teach me as time goes on.
The year started out with one of my senior cows prolapsing 6 weeks before her due date. He inserted a prolapse repair kit and she had a normal delivery. He came back to remove it. A couple of days later one of the commercial cows wasn’t progressing with her labor. Called the vet and she had a twisted uterus. We took her to the vet’s office to do a C section. It was quite the experience and I am happy to say that a healthy cow and heifer calf were brought home.
Summer and fall seemed to have flown by, with being on the road a lot. In between trips, the 12 calves were halter trained and weaned.
Now, things are in full swing getting ready to participate in the 2017 National Western Stock Show held in Denver, CO on Jan. 16-21, 2017. It has been a couple of years since I have had something to submit to the AHCA National Sale. So, this year there will 2 Almosta Farm heifers; one purebred and one cross bred.
If you find yourselves at the National Western, please look up Almosta Farm. There is always a chair to sit in and goodies to snack on.
The bulls have been in with the cows since the end of May and it looks like it is going to be a very busy first 3 weeks in March. Now, the bulls can lay under the trees and enjoy the summer. The calves are growing like weeds and looking very nice.
For the first time at Almosta Farm, we had a request for a farm tour with a group of executive assistants from Wayne State College. It is always fun to talk about the breed and the farm but it was especially fun to educate and visit with these ladies.
It has been a very busy summer so far and it looks like it isn’t going to slow up any time soon but that’s not a bad thing. A couple of friends and I went to the AHCA Gathering held in Lehighton, PA in June. It is always a great time to tour a farm and catch up with friends that I don’t see often. They also had some great educational sessions ranging on why buy registered cattle, to marketing our beef.
Then it was off to the 6th Annual Midwest Cow camp held at Maple Hill Highlands in Stanwood, MI. I look forward to this every year, picking up juniors and their cattle along the way and spending time with my dear friend Dawn. It doesn’t get much better than traveling with 4 teenagers. This year, i think it was the best camp that Dawn has put on. There was the standard obstacle course (Bovine Trail Course), I conducted the truck and trailer driving class. Ginny Miller was able to come and teach the juniors not only about showmanship but also the different cuts of meat and breeds. The Juniors also witnessed Dr. Miller, DVM AI 3 cows and gave a talk on a cow’s cycle. Dr. Bowman, a professor of Parasitology at Cornell University happened to be in the area and taught the Juniors how to look at manure samples through a microscope for signs of worm infestations. Dr. Miller’s wife is also a DVM, she gave a talk on chiropractics and acupuncture making an adjustment on a Highland cow. Of course, when they weren’t busy learning, they had the traditional water gun fight and a fishing contest. It doesn’t get much better than to watch these kids learn and try new things, feed off each other but most of all make new friends.
Now it’s time to get ready for fair season. Will be leaving for the Boulder County Fair held in Longmont, CO in a week. Then I will take a couple of cow/calf pairs to the Knox County Fair held in Bloomfield, NE as a display.
I hope to see you on the road this summer.